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Old November 3rd, 2012 (8:52 PM).
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In my White version I ditched my Emboar and my Dewott in the next runthrough. But for some reason I really like Samurott, and so it became a crucial member of my team in Black 2. So the answer to your question, no. :P
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Old November 3rd, 2012 (8:57 PM).
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Yes, more often that not I tend to swap my starters for something else, unless I'm playing HG. Not to mention that I'm not fond of the Gen5 starters anymore

I'd much rather be the random trainer using unique Pokémon than the 1 in 1000 'Ash-like' trainer who's gifted with the "Starter Pokémon"
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Old November 3rd, 2012 (9:40 PM).
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I've never ditched my starter in any game I've played. I've always used it till the end, or until I restart my game. It didn't feel right not using my starter. But upon seeing all the posts..I might actually start training a Staryu and see how well it matches up with my Samurott. But it's kind of a waste right now, seeing as my Samurott is around level 93 at this point in the game..

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Old November 4th, 2012 (4:42 AM).
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I kind of feel bad if I ditch my starter so... I won't be ditching it. On Black I started with Snivy cause I liked it a lot, but I have to say I couldn't fight almost any Pokemon type, so I ended up ditching it (as a level-51 Serperior). But in White 2, I started with Oshawott and I find it very useful and it's very strong so there's no reason why I'd ditch Burbuno (my Oshawott's nickname, which is now a Samurott).

Let's keep our starters!

(Plus, I don't know why, fire-type starters always make the game easier, so those who started with Tepig have one more reason to keep the pig)

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Old November 4th, 2012 (4:54 AM).
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I will when I get the game tomorrow, because I have used them all in white/black playthroughs before.
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Old November 4th, 2012 (7:06 AM).
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I never ditched my starters in all my playthroughs, so it's unlikely at all that I'll ever ditch mine at this time.

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Old November 4th, 2012 (10:09 AM).
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I ditched my Serperior for N's Ferroseed. I didn't want to, really, but my Serperior just wasn't doing well at all.
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Old November 4th, 2012 (10:13 AM).
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No, I always tend to keep my starter no matter what region. So for White2 I actually have and use all 3 Unova starters. I know there are better alternatives, but I just kind of like playing with the "native" Pokemon of that region. And also because I like having "fresh faces" and not using the same team/Pokemon like in the previous IV games (with the exception of Lucario).
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Old November 4th, 2012 (1:17 PM).
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Yeah, this is the first time I ever ditched a starter, my Servine after the clearing Clay's gym, after that I had no real use for him anymore except training here and there and for Humilau City's gym even though trained him, he was still kind of useless so I kept him out of my team after that point and only went with 5 pokemon.

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Old November 4th, 2012 (1:42 PM).
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I thought I would be ditching my starter as soon as possible, but I actually kept it in my party until I finished the main story line.

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Old November 4th, 2012 (1:50 PM).
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Why would you want to ditch your starter. It's your starter after all.
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Old November 4th, 2012 (2:07 PM).
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Quote originally posted by EnglishMilkshake:
Why would you want to ditch your starter. It's your starter after all.
This. But I think most people would want to switch out their starter because they have better options for pokemon. But if that was the case...why dont you just keep your starter through the story and raise a pokemon for battle afterwards. Kinda pointless to try and raise a serious battle ready pokemon through the main story since they'll get all the wrong EVs.

Other than that they just might not like the starter. But tbh there hasnt been a single gen where I dont like at least one of the starters.
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Old November 4th, 2012 (5:48 PM).
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Normally I don't, but I already used Snivy and Oshawott, and I don't really like Tepig family...so, I ended up ditching it at level 20 for a Growlithe~ :D
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Old November 4th, 2012 (5:57 PM).
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I ditched my starter in white 2 but i noticed in ever other pokemon game i played except for gene five i kept the starter the entire game.
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Old November 4th, 2012 (6:04 PM).
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Oh hell yes. The 5th gen starters were all very underwhelming, and it was definitely nice to have a stable of older Pokemon to choose from. So yes, I ditched my starter (which was a Snivy, by the way) as soon as possible.
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Old November 5th, 2012 (1:38 AM).
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Quote originally posted by toasterr:
I ditched mine as soon as I caught something else. I think it was harder (especially since you're really skimped for choice outside of Riolu until you get to Virbank) but more rewarding. The main problem is the lack of good water-types available pre-E4. I don't think you can find the Water Stone until really late in the game, which basically leaves you with Azumarill and Jellicent (and the Water starter) as your only usable options.

I know what you mean, though. All the starters in this gen really start to fall behind near the end of the game. My Samurott in White was really only an HM Slave with Megahorn at the end.

If I were to restart my game, I'd do it again. It's a lot harder in the beginning of the game, though.
I think azumarill is a pretty good water poke. Psyduck is also quite good too .

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Old November 5th, 2012 (2:39 AM).
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My starter is currently at Servine level and I do prefer to keep it in my party out of sentimentality. But I do keep finding I have to switch it out for better Pokes for some of the gym battles.
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Old November 5th, 2012 (3:30 AM).
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I ditched my starter both times in White. However, this time I decided to keep my starter (Snivy) in my team and I've enjoyed it. Maybe one day I'll give Emboar a shot but I think I can finally say that I like a Unova starter which is well ... Snivy.
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Old November 5th, 2012 (4:11 AM).
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Uh, no...I never ditch my starter...at least until the Elite Four. It's been that way since the first time I played. Right now, it's in my party and I'm cycling around, waiting for Route 18's Hidden Grotto to be generated with a Chatot inside. But once I get two of those Chatot, well...it's gonna get ditched into the PC and I'll use some events to try and plow through the PWT's Johto Leaders tournament...the hardest for me...I still haven't won that one yet.
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Old November 5th, 2012 (2:29 PM).
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I hate the starter poke, so I ditched the flame pig.

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Old November 5th, 2012 (2:34 PM).
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I use it because I'm to it, but they're not that great, my Zoroark is where the big deal is xD
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Old November 5th, 2012 (11:37 PM).
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I can never bring myself to ditch my starter, but I have used it significantly less in this game than I normally do and focused more on overall team building. That said, I still don't feel right unless I keep the starter in my party throughout the whole game.
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Old November 5th, 2012 (11:42 PM).
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such disrespect. I'll never put up my starter. *epic fist shake*
but seriously, nah, I never do that. I always keep my starter no matter which gen. And it always be a level ahead of my other Pokemon, cuz that's how it should be. >.<
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Old November 6th, 2012 (4:22 AM).
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I don't think i've ever ditched my starter.I mean its your first pokemon,so no.
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Old November 6th, 2012 (7:04 AM).
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I've always chose my starter thinking of an HM slave. Recently, I've been coosing starters just to choose my rival(s)' team(s).
But since in Black 2 i finally found an action replay code that removes my need of wasting movesolts with HMs [apart from fly, that is], I could finally be happy and have an actual team of six pokémon, even though some of them will only get their places post-game or nearly so, which is a pity. But I guess Oshawott might be usable in B2W2 until you get a Starmie, Floatzel, or if you don't mind slow pokés, a Vaporeon, Jellicent. But if you don't mind him being slow I guess you could keep him, or get a Lapras.
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